Football: Dangerous Game or Not?
Something that I have been interested in learning more about has been football. I remember my friend talking about it when I was eleven years old, but at that time, my sports interests were basketball and soccer. Lately the issue has caught my eye again. I know that many people feel that football is a violent and reckless game. From what I have heard, football is a physical and emotional game. For example, I heard that if a team does not get to the Super Bowl they start to tear and cry. Now that is just what I have heard, it may or may not be true.
One thing that I know for sure about football is that every team plays 16 games in a season. Now, I have studied my share of Football, for example I read in sports articles that the NFL play 16 games in a season, and there is a playoff and a Super Bowl after. I believe there should be more games in a season. Personally, it is funny to me how when I was in 8th grade my friend John talked about in his essay how he did not understand the game of football. He believed it was unnecessary for a player to injure himself just to get a ring on his finger.
Football in the past was not important to me because I never found any interest in the violence that occurred in the sport. I felt football was just big meaty people just knocking each other out. I know that football was a sport taken from rugby, which is a very violent sport in which players don’t wear any protective equipment. I also know that in football every team’s goal is to win a Lombardi trophy for their franchise.
Being that I did not have a lot of background information on football, I chose to do some research on the topic. As I searched for blogs and news articles on Google, I came across this one article: “The Problem with Football: How to make it Safer. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1957459-1,00.html This article provided a lot of information and opinions on football. Some people feel that football is a violent game that causes brain disease, which leads to death for NFL players. In addition, football is causing many young kids to like the idea of playing football, which may lead kids to getting brain damage when they play football. A quote from the article is “We need to do something now, this minute," says McKee, the brain researcher. "Too many kids are at risk.” This statement did not really surprise me all that much, but it did make me feel worried. I feel worried because I do not want young kids to have brain damage playing football and I do not want them to lose their memories of their childhood in the future.
In another article, one statement made me nod my head in agreement with the writer. It was “Playing football leads to concussions which lead to brain injury which lead to depression, substance abuse and worse.” This is so true because pro NFL play Andre Waters took his life because of what scientists believe to be depression caused by brain damage in football. I think this is also true because football players start to act stupidly when off the field.For example shooting themselves in the leg or even betting on dog matches.
All of this makes me think that football is truly a dangerous game. Player risk their brains just to make quick money, but at the end, their lives are taken from them in a short amount of time. Parents should also be careful to what sports they allow their kids to play, because it will decided if their alive or dead in the future.